SILAY CITY—Two public elementary schools in Silay City, Negros Occidental, are now considered “21st-century-ready learning institutions,” with the launch of the Global Filipino Schools (GFS) program in the city.
Adela Elementary School and Sto. Rosario Elementary School are two of the latest GFS schools in the country, bringing the total number of GFS schools to nine, since the program’s launch in 2016.
Spearheaded by Globe Telecom and Ayala Foundation, GFS provides schools with a computer laboratory equipped with computers and tablets, Internet connectivity, and other peripherals. More than the hardware, GFS provides ICT-proficiency training for teachers. This equips them with the skills necessary to use various aspects of information and communication technology in improving learning, while also helping them enhance the classroom experience. The teacher-training component of the program is conducted by Ayala Foundation.
Adela Elementary School unveils the new GFS laboratory
GFS in these two schools was also made possible with support provided by the CLSA Chairman’s Trust charitable foundation. The City Government of Silay and the Department of Education have also helped bring the program to these schools.
“We aim to provide high-quality educational tools, equipment, and other learning materials through this program,” said Erwin Locsin, Ayala Foundation Chief Information Officer. “We also hope to strengthen teachers’ capacities, not only in terms of classroom management and curriculum implementers; we also hope to bring the value of empathy into the classroom.”
Stakeholders, students, and teachers of Sto. Rosario Elementary School unveil their new laboratory
“A stronger nation requires a well-educated and informed citizenry. To achieve this, we need to start with our teachers and students. Thus, through GFS, we are able to provide innovative, interactive, cutting edge learning tools to public schools especially those with limited resources so as to give them access to 21st century learning,” said Yoly Crisanto,” Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications.
Present to ceremonially turn over the GFS laboratory to the schools were Ayala Foundation Senior Director for Programs Joanna Duarte, Ayala Foundation CIO Erwin Locsin, and Globe Telecom Expert for Citizenship PC Magnaye.
Also present were representatives from the schools, DepEd, and City Government of Silay.